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2017
Aug
14
 
 
On this day in 1965, the Beatles traveled to CBS's New York studio to rehearse and tape a performance for the Season 18 premiere of CBS' The Ed Sullivan Show...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
13
 
 
On this day in 1997, Comedy Central introduced four unforgettable third-graders: Stan, Cartman, Kyle, and Kenny, from a snowy Colorado mountain town called South Park...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
12
 
 
This day in 1972 marked the last telecast of The Ken Berry "Wow" Show...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
11
 
 
On this day in 1991, Nickelodeon introduced the animated series, Rugrats...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
10
 
 
On this day in 1948, ABC introduced the hidden-camera reality show, Candid Camera...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
9
 
 
On this day in 1982, CBS premiered the soapy sitcom, Filthy Rich, which satirized prime-time hits such as Dallas, Dynasty and Falcon Crest...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
8
 
 
On this day in 2008, Beijing produced a four-hour Olympics opening ceremony that is considered by many to be the most spectacular Olympic opener ever staged...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
7
 
 
On this day in 1994, the Discovery Channel premiered the critically-acclaimed documentary miniseries, Watergate...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
6
 
 
This day in 1993 marked the final episode of the ABC fish-out-of-water sitcom, Perfect Strangers, which introduced the catch phrase "Don't be reee-deek-u-los!" and the ABC spinoff, Family Matters...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
5
 
 
On this day in 1965, CBS Evening News broadcast a report by correspondent Morley Safer that sent shockwaves across the U.S. and infuriated then-president Lyndon Johnson...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

Good news, TVWW readers: David’s new book from Doubleday, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is now available in paperback for under $15. Doubleday says: “Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way."

"The Platinum Age of Television is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era of quality TV. For instance, animation evolved from Rocky and His Friends to South Park; variety shows moved from The Ed Sullivan Show to Saturday Night Live; and family sitcoms grew from I Love Lucy to Modern Family. Interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer are high points... Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post

 

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